Cecil is the head coach and owner of CrossFit Virtus. He is a CrossFit Level 3 Trainer. Cecil is married to Sara Piazza and has two children, Sophia and Celia. Cecil holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness Studies from Louisiana State University, a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. Cecil began early in his training as a Physical Therapy Technician and has worked in a variety of rehabilitative settings from 1994 to 2001. Upon completing his Nuclear Medicine degree, Cecil worked as a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist conducting diagnostic imaging for patients presented with cardiac dysfunction. Exposure in both of these settings has given Cecil the motivation to lead a career that focuses on “preventive maintenance”.
Cecil has also achieved the rank of Colonel and has served over 28 years in the US Army (National Guard & Army Reserves). He has completed two tours of duty in the Middle East and to East Africa, encompassing a broad range of leadership roles and responsibilities. It was in 2009, during Air Assault training that he was first exposed to CrossFit. During his 2010 deployment to Iraq, Cecil began coaching and mentoring others in CrossFit. The intensity of the program and the practical application of the movements has also enabled Cecil to achieve a much higher level of fitness.
A message from Cecil:
CrossFit has evolved beyond being a mere fitness regimen for my family and me. It embodies a means of exchanging challenges and victories with individuals who share similar mindsets. While many label CrossFit as a “journey,” “community,” or “lifestyle,” I believe its characterization aligns with each person’s self-established objectives. I’ve come to realize that irrespective of one’s aspiration, interpretation, or rationale for engaging in CrossFit, consistent self-discipline and motivation lead to boundless outcomes. I’m prepared to equip you with all the essential resources for success; however, the onus rests on you to wield them effectively. Virtus Invicta!
USAW Sports Performance Coach